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Working with parents

At Swanland Academy we believe that communication between the school and parents is vital to provide the best support for your child. We invite parents to be involved in every step of your child’s Termly Support Plan (TSP).

Our Ethos

We believe that working in partnership with parents/carers is essential if we are going to do the best for our children.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy. This means that we welcome you to phone, email or come in to meet with us at school as often as you feel is helpful.

You and the Class Teacher

Your child’s class teacher will discuss your child’s progress with you. You will be able to discuss this further with a member of the inclusion team at any time. If your child is receiving extra support we will keep you up to date with progress that your child has made and make sure you are informed of any future plans to support your child. We will be happy to provide you with strategies to support the work going on in school at home.

If your Child has a Special Educational Need

If your child has Special Educational Needs, you will be invited to a Termly Support Plan meeting where you can contribute to discussions on their strengths, needs and desired outcomes and the strategies and resources which will be used to work towards these.

Every child with an identified special educational need works with a member of staff to create a ‘one page profile’ (link), this details what the child feels are their strengths, needs and the most effective ways of engaging and supporting them.

Once a child has been identified as having SEN, the class teacher will invite parents to a meeting to:

  • Let them know that their child is being placed at SEN Support
  • Discuss assessments that have been completed
  • Together agree a plan and provision for the next term

This is part of the cycle of ‘Asses, Plan, Do, Review’ required in the Code of Practice.

Your Child's Contribution

Children are encouraged to contribute to Termly support Plan  meetings and Annual Reviews. They may be asked to attend meetings in person or discuss progress and next steps with an adult who can then share these on behalf of the child.    

Come along to Coffee and Chat

Every term we run a ‘Coffee and Chat’ session for parents. These sessions will provide opportunity for parents/carers to chat together, as well as with members of the Inclusion Team. We respond to requests from parents to provide a specific focus to each session. 

Each term, the school supports the parents in creating an Inclusion Newsletter. This is available to all parents on the main school website. If you would like a copy of the newsletter emailed to you, please let a member of the inclusion team know.